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Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Luttrell’

Happy Birthday to Us!

Monday, May 21, 2012 @ 01:05 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]


Happy  Birthday to US!  Happy Birthday to US! Today, the blog celebrates  4 years of operation!

It’s hard to believe that it has already been four years since I first  opened this blog.When I first  started this site four years ago I was unsure of what it would become and   would not have believed  that I would be running it four years later. This site means so much to me and I have genuinely enjoyed running it and keeping readers informed about relevant subject matter. It has been a truly rewarding  experience and  provided enriching opportunities, which I never would have thought I would have. I am proud that this blog has been providing prominent coverage for thousands of readers each month on various television series which are of interest. Special thanks are extended to YOU the reader for supporting the blog through your continuous visits, comments and ongoing involvement in other interactive opportunities on the site. Without readers a site has no purpose or future. Your visits truly mean everything!

The last year has been the biggest and most successful year for this site. We welcomed nearly 44 000 visitors which is approximately  4 times the number of visits the site had in its initial year.  We continue to interact with readers through active monitoring of the blog`s Facebook and Twitter page . We pursued   affiliation with both CBC and Westwind pictures that supported the blog by endorsing its coverage of Little Mosque on the Prairie. The blog also further  expanded its diverse network this past year by having partnered with various cross cultural  blogs which have expressed interest in Little Mosque on the Prairie such as Marilyn Gardner`s Communicating  Across Boundaries and Knightley Emma. We were also recognized by the Canada Media  Fund  for  the site`s ongoing coverage of Little Mosque on the Prairie.  The blog connected with Gateworld .net , which is known as the leading online website for Stargate  where many of our interviews with cast members from the franchise were linked from. Thank you to  all of our affiliates for your support of the blog. I have  greatly enjoyed working with each of  your respective  organizations and/ or sites and hope that we  will continue to support one another in this coming year.

We continued our retrospective coverage of  the Stargate franchise after  it drew to an end after 17 years with SGU  through news reporting and interviews with SGU’S Jennifer Spence, Peter Kelamis and   brilliant main cast member , Brian J Smith. We also had the delight of interviewing  Stargate Atlantis, Rachel Luttrel! Thank you to each of  you for  kindly participating in the interviews. I tremendously enjoyed the rewarding experience and I trust each of you benefitted from it as well.

The past year has been a significant year for the blog’s coverage of Little Mosque on the Prairie as the show progressed in its sixth and final year.   In addition on going news coverage and weekly episode features, I   once again interviewed Little Mosque’s  Manoj Sood,   Debra McGrath,   Brandon  Firla  , Arlene Duncan and Aliza Vellani to  extensively discuss  roles within the show’s sixth and final  season. We also interviewed, for the first time, Little Mosque’s Derek McGrath to discuss  the impact  which the departure of his character had on the show as well as the fan favourite , Zaib Shaikh who provided an insightful overview of the show’s sixth and final season as well as  how the program represents  Canada.  Thank to you all of the cast members for your exceptional portrayals and for participating in the interviews. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did and extend best wishes in the future of your acting careers. It has truly been truly an honour and my pleasure to work with each of you .

Indeed, this is the only online media outlet which has interviewed the entire cast of this ground-breaking series.The blog was  recognized  by other institutions of the media for its extensive coverage of Little Mosque on the various occasions for its extensive coverage of this ground-breaking series including   Aquila Asia, a cosmopolitan magazine which did a  complete overview on the series to introduce it to its south Asian  readership. The blog was also mentioned on a live streaming with the cast of Little Mosque on CBC Live where the entire cast of the show thanked  us for its extensive support as well as responding to additional questions which we had about the show’s end.  I also had a chance to appear on CBC`S The National in order to discuss the show’s impact

From February to April the blog hosted a few live chats with various cast members of Little Mosque on the Prairie  including Aliza Vellani, Manoj Sood and Debra McGrath as a way of providing  viewers with the chance to directly  interact with  the stars themselves. Thank you to these prominent Canadian talent and all of the readers who joined in the discussion!

We also covered various other series on the blog. Back in September we launched coverage of FOX`S  new science fiction series,Terra Nova through weekly episode previews as well as through our  interactive features. Although  this show was not renewed for a second season, I greatly enjoyed discovering the series.

The blog launched its coverage of The Office and Web Therapy back in September and January respectively .As a result we have begun to welcome a new audience to the readership  through ongoing news coverage .Interviews  with various cast members of both series may be scheduled within the upcoming period.

I would also like to take  a moment to extend thanks to Youtube group, supportfire115@http://www.youtube.com/user/supportfire115 for kindly providing the decorations used for this celebratory post. Thank you for helping make this special  day even more memorable through your assistance in this regard.Thanks also goes to the blog’s occassional communications auditor , Nisreen O’Neill.

What plans do we  have for year number 5? With Little Mosque and Stargate having ended, we look forward to occasional  ongoing respective coverage of these significant and  defining series for this blog.  The blog will continue to cover  The Office  as we approve its impending ninth season and provide extensive , ongoing coverage of Showtime’s Web therapy through ongoing news, weekly episode guides as well as  interviews with various cast members of this unique  comedy. The blog will also be launching coverage of  CBC`S, Mr. D as the show approaches its second season.  Expect other science fiction series to be covered as well. The blog may launch a music aspect  by  covering  works of  prominent North American  musicians. Further details will follow  next month once precise  plans have been finalized.

Although our previously announced plans to launch a held hosted site have been terminated at this time, we are  in the process of  assessing  various other templates  within WordPress.com. Readers can therefore look forward to a new  design .

What  would you like to see on the site for our  upcoming year. Share your thoughts in the comments section or by e-mail. Thank  you for being apart of the community and I  look forward to another exciting year with the readership where we continue to work together to make the site the best it can be.

Interview With Stargate Atlantis’ Rachel Luttrell

Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 09:08 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Actress,Rachel Luttrell has been leading a distinguished, multi talented career  as an actress,singer and dancer. Luttrell  experienced a strong  musical upbringing which included a great deal of inspiration from her father, who was a former member of the acclaimed Mendelsohn Choir  as well as  her piano  studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music.Luttrell’s strong background within the television industry  is evident from her many past television credits,which include shows such as ER,Charmed and Touched by  an Angel.

Rachel’s more recent and most prominent television role was on Syfy’s original series,Stargate Atlantis where she portrayed the Athosian leader and warrior,Teyla Emmagan.Rachel portrayed the character over the  course of the show’s five seasons, which aired from July 2004-January 2009.

With the Stargate franchise having drawn to an end earlier this year after the cancellation of  Atlantis’ spin off series,Stargate Universe and Rachel being kind enough to  participate in an interview with me, we discuss the actress’ initial experience in playing the role. Particularly,we discuss  some of the challenges involved  in portraying  the character of Teyla and how Rachel related to the character.

The actress also shares her perspective on Teyla’s development over the course of the show’s five seasons, her experience on having her real life pregnancy incorporated into the show’s fourth season and Teyla’s conflicted feelings between the father of her child, Kannan[Patrick Sabongui] and Lt. Colonel John Sheppard[ Joe Flanigan].Luttrell also comments on her perspective on the recent announcement that Stargate Extinction ,the follow-up movie to the series has been  cancelled as well as her thoughts on the future of the Stargate franchise.

 The actress also discusses the  recent  projects which she  has been working on since Atlantis ended, including  her musical CD which is  scheduled for release this September!

Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan

Abbas Karimjee:Were you contacted for the role of Teyla or did you audition? Could you please describe the initial experience and any challenges which were involved in the process?

Rachel Luttrell : Oh!  I had to audition, and audition and audition.It was a long process.But I always felt connected to Teyla.I initially found the fight choreography challenging but soon grew to enjoy it.  Another challenge was to preserve the “other worldly” quality of Teyla.Human but not of Earth.

AK: How did you relate to the character of Teyla ?

RL:Yes.  Very much.She resonated with the side of me that is from Africa.I really drew on aspects of my mother’s life and my grand parent’s influence on me as a young child.

AK:The role of Teyla is that of a warrior,which in turn deal of physical activity and action.What challenges did  this present to you and how did you learn to cope with this?

Luttrell trains with Atlantis stunt coordinator, James Bamford to help perfect her fighting moves. The actress comments on how she broke the moves down as dance choreography, to master the art.

RL:I had never fought on camera before.  I was a dancer.So, initially the fight sequences were daunting. But I soon began to see them as a type of dance choreography and could break them down that way.I began to enjoy them and certainly thought they were a vital part of bringing Teyla to life.

AK: How do you think Teyla evolved over the course of  the show’s five seasons and  was there any aspect of  the character’s background or personality  which you would have  preferred to see further  explored?

RL:Teyla  grew up over the course of the series.She had to make some pretty challenging decisions, including leaving her people  in order to further the greater cause of getting rid of The Wraith.  She became a mother (which changes everything). If the series had continued I would have loved to have explored her heritage more.  The mythology, the history….  I also would have enjoyed seeing Teyla truly in love.

AK:.In   season 5 , Teyla pursued a relationship with Kannan, who is the father of her  child, Torren.Though the two have a strong connection from Teyla’s  time with her people, what are your thoughts on  the inner nature of her relationship with Colonel Sheppard, in terms of the possibility of  romantic interests between the two? Who would you prefer to see Teyla with and why? What challenges may be associated   with  your choice?

RL:I believe that Kannan was someone Teyla dearly loved.I believe that he would have been the choice that her parents would have made for her had they been alive.He represented her connection to her people and Teyla desperately wanted to keep that strong.There was already a great deal of guilt for having joined Atlantis and “leaving” them in a manner of speaking.But I think that she did love Sheppard.In a way he was forbidden but longed for.

AK:On the show’s fourth season, Teyla’s pregnancy was incorporated into the  show, in order to  coincide  with your pregnancy. What were  your thoughts on the direction which the writers took Teyla’s storyline  as a result  of the pregnancy and how do you think it further developed the character’s personality?

RL:I thought that the writers did a great job and I will forever be grateful to them for running with my own pregnancy without judgment and with great imagination and care.I think it acted as a way to fully showcase Teyla’s strength and determination. You don’t mess with a mamma bear.

AK:In retrospect,how suitable of an ending do you think  Enemy at  the Gate was to SGA and  how do you feel about the Stargate franchise ending?

RL:Well, I think that everyone involved at the time really did hope and indeed expect a film.  So the session/series finale was not meant to fully satisfy.  And it didn’t.  But all good things come to an end making way for new good.  The franchise was an immensely successful one.Unprecedented success, really.And I am very happy to have been a part of it.

AK:Brad Wright  recently announced  at  a Vancouver convention that the Atlantis movie, Stargate Extinction ,as well as other Stargate productions ,including the pending Stargate SG1 film,Stargate Revolution  and a pending  Stargate Universe movie, has been cancelled.

What  is your  reaction to the cancellation of  the Atlantis  film and how did you  hope it would tie up both the overall story arc  of Stargate   Atlantis as well as Teyla’s journey,   in terms of her relationship with her people, her role as a  mother  and a member of Atlantis?

RL:I am not at all surprised by the announcement.Although the movie would have been fun and deeply satisfying.It would have been nice to see that Teyla had managed to find some marriage between her people and her love of her Atlantis team.There was such a huge “dot, dot, dot” at the end of the final episode and so many questions could have been answered.

AK;How has being a cast member of  SGA,  impacted your career as well as your  personal life, in terms of the various friendships you formed?

RL:I made some life long friends.  And it never hurts to say that you were on a successful series for five seasons in terms of my career.

AK:What do you think is in store for the future of the Stargate franchise? Do you think it will be revived at some point?

RL :P erhaps.Anything is possible.

AK:What message would you like to convey to fans ,as the Stargate  franchise draws to a close?

RL:Just know how grateful each and every one of us who were lucky enough to be involved in the franchise are to each and everyone of you for your support.It was a pleasure serving you!

AK:What recent  projects have you been involved ,which you would like to /share with viewers  and what   future plans or aspirations  do you have for your career, both as an actress and as a singer?

RL:I have been working on a CD for over a year and a half now and it will FINALLY be available September 2011!Yeah!I am still auditioning for shows and movies.Any number of those may bare fruit soon.And I am writing some pretty fun screenplays at the moment that I hope to see produced soon.I would like to be involved in all aspects of this industry from acting to directing.

AK:What activities do you enjoy during  your spare time?

RL:Being with my son doing, anything!Writing.Singing.Going to the movies.Going to the stables to watch my boy ride.Hiking.Hanging out with dear friends and family….

Stargate Atlantis’ Rachel Luttrell Answers Our Questions At SciFiTvAndTalk

Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 05:09 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

The  SciFi TvAndTalk  blog recently  provided its readers with the opportunity to  conduct a Q &A  with Stargate Atlantis actress, Rachel Luttrell [ Teyla Emmagan] .  Luttrell has finished responding   to some of the questions  which readers submitted through the site  and among these is my questions, which I submitted  for  the actress.Take a look at the answers which  Luttrell provided to my queries below and for a complete read of the first part of the  Q& A, visit  SciFiAndTvTalk

Hello, Abbas. Let’s see if I can tackle your questions.

1.) What did you find the most challenging about playing Teyla?

The first challenge to me as a performer was getting Teyla’s fighting skills to a place where they looked natural, studied and trained. I had never fought nor had I ever practiced a martial art. I used my dance background to help me with the choreography

2.) Is there any aspect of the character’s background that was not explored and that you would have liked to see touched upon, or one that you would have liked to see explored in greater detail?

I was intrigued from my first encounter with Teyla by her personal history and about the history of her people. I always find it rather wanting in story when a culture that is not indigenous to a region comes in and saves the day due to their superior knowledge. I have always had a feeling that Teyla’s people and Teyla herself had much more perspective, mystery, mythology, knowledge and strength than was given breadth to be explored.

3.) In your opinion, would you imagine Teyla leaving her people behind in the Pegasus Galaxy to pursue a secure life on Earth with Torren and Kannan, following the events of Enemy at the Gate?

In short, the answer to your next question is no

4.) Should Stargate Extinction be approved for production, would you be willing to return for the movie?

Yes, of course I would be happy to be involved in an Atlantis film should there ever be one.

5.) What was your favorite episode of the series? Why?

We did 100 episodes. 100…it’s hard for me to choose ONE that honestly qualifies as my favorite. For me it’s more like moments of many, many episodes that are stand-outs. Moments in The Giftwhen Teyla finds out about her heightened sense and when she reveals her ability to the team; my fight with Jason in Lost Boys; working with (director) Mario Azzopardi in Thirty-Eight MinutesCritical Mass; working with Connor Trinneer for the first time in Michael, and truly on and on and on..

6.) Have you been cast in any upcoming films or TV series? Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions.

As I write this I am still a free agent! But I am working on my CD thanks in large part to all of you out there who kept asking me to get off my butt and record something. I hope that once it’s all done, everyone will enjoy it! I’m having a lot of fun working on it. Aside from the CD, this year has been about selling our house in Vancouver, moving countries, immigration, and working on creating normalcy and security in our son’s life…oh, and now school for Caden, wow!

Special thanks are extended to actress, Rachel Luttrell for answering  the questions.